Articles Tagged ‘Collaboration’

Encouragement is Free – Apply it Generously!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Do you think about the words that you speak? Our words have power and magic in them. No, not Harry Potter kind of magic, but everyday magic.

Did you know that the literal meaning of the word ‘encourage’ is to facilitate the process to find your inner strength and courage. The root word of ‘encourage’ is ‘courage.’ The end result of encouragement is to facilitate courage.

To discourage is the opposite of encourage. Which means that the end result of discouragement is timidity; not courage … Interesting, huh?

A wise person once told me that “encouragement if free, it doesn’t take much to encourage people.” That really is true. Yet, encouraging ourselves and others is often an activity we forget to do. Encouragement is as simple as believing in one another. Profound, yet easy.

When we are facing difficulties or challenges, one of the biggest things we need is for someone to tell us that we can do it; we can succeed. When you do this for others, you will find yourself feeling more courage or become encouraged yourself. It really does ‘pay it forward’ exponentially. This simple act of kindness is free, so why not use it?

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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Collaboration is King!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Collaboration: To work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.

It is safe to say that most jobs involve collaborating with peers. I have a friend that works in a national sports organization managing their partnerships. Her job consists of collaborating with all departments in the organization to fulfill the contractual obligations of the partnerships. Without the ability to collaborate with team members, she would fail and the company would lose all of its partners. Needless to say, she practices such skills on a regular basis and is reliant on her peers to do the same.

One of the common themes to my coaching and team building events is helping my clients fine-tune their collaboration skills and give them the tools they need to be intentional and purposeful when doing so. It is easy to see the power of team work when the group comes together in a team building activity; the same holds true in the workplace.

That begs the question: when it comes to collaboration, where do you begin?

1. SHIFT – shift your team’s mindset. A way to cultivate a mindset directed toward collaboration and continuous improvement is to simply ask, “How can I make this better?” When a company truly collaborates and provides the best product or service by improving the processes that produce them, they create efficiencies in producing the desired end result and organizations are more effective.

2. OWN IT – own your stake in the project and overall goal. Don’t rely on others to change the process; start the process and always seek opportunities to improve it. It is a team effort and by encouraging people to collaborate, efficiencies are created for the group and all involved can work smarter, harder, and have better results. Take ownership and know that your contribution has an effect on the bottom line.

“Being in a band is always a compromise. Provided that the balance is good, what you lose in compromise, you gain by collaboration” – Mike Rutherford

Happy collaborating!

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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